Filmed in Durham and Newcastle after receiving a £150k investment from the Finance for Business – North East Creative Content Fund, A Song for Marion is reportedly being lined up as an Oscar contender in 2013 by the prolific Weinstein Co. The Brit-flick’s star-studded cast includes Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton and Christopher Eccleston and will premiere soon.
Reuniting London to Brighton producer/director team Ken Marshall and Paul Andrew Williams, A Song for Marion is a comedic drama about a grumpy pensioner called Arthur (Stamp) who is reluctantly persuaded by his beloved wife Marion (Redgrave) to join a highly unconventional local choir.
At odds with his son James (Eccleston), it is left to choir director Elizabeth (Arterton) to try and persuade Arthur that he can learn to embrace life. Arthur must confront the undercurrents of his own grumbling persona as he embarks on a comical life-affirming journey of musical self discovery. The film is currently in post-production and will premiere next year.
"We are thrilled to learn that the Weinstein's share our enthusiasm and hopes for A Song for Marion", said Agnes Wilkie, Northern Film & Media's creative director.
"An entertaining, script, top-ranking talent and an experienced production team makes the film both a sound commercial investment and a real coup for the North East."